Toronto Hold Off London Fightback

The Wolfpack stayed in contention for an automatic spot in Super League after they almost let a 20-0 lead slip in the second half, London finishing within 12 points of the Canadian side.

Toronto would open the scoring after just 5 minutes of play, Bob Beswick spotting a gap out of dummy half, drawing Dixon in before giving the ball to Blake Wallace to go under the posts, O'Brien converting.

Toronto would be 12-0 up after 12 minutes, the Canadian side moving the ball through the hands and Gareth O'Brien the man to finish the move after finding space on the edge, O'Brien then converting from the touchline.

The game was starting to escape London's grasp, 18-0 after 20 minutes of play when Gareth O'Brien unleashed Chase Stanley on the left touch line, the former NRL star too fast for the covering defence, O'Brien going 3 for 3 with the boot, soon it would be 4 from 4 after a penalty kick extended the Wolfpack's lead to 20.

The score at halftime, 20-0 Toronto.

The second half would start equally as badly for the visitors, Josh McCrone this time going over, London left scratching their heads as they slipped further back to a 26-0 deficit after O'Brien went 5 for 5 with the boot.

Mason Caton-Brown would then grab his first try for the Wolfpack, the Wakefield loanee fresh out of ideas with ball in hand before dribbling a kick through for himself, collecting on the other side and scoring the try, O'Brien on hand to convert the try, 32-0.

London would get their first points of the game after almost an hour, Rhys Williams on the end of a sweeping line move to cross in the corner, the conversion missed, 32-4.

The first try seemed to have given London some life, the Broncos going at the line and Alex Walker receiving a well timed inside ball, the big man streaking through to score next to the posts, Sammut adding the extras.

London would go back to back as they ramped up the pressure on the Wolfpack, Ben Evans receiving the ball close to the line and using his frame as a battering ram, going over 2 Toronto defenders to score, Sammut on hand to convert once more, 32-16.

London would look like coming close to completing the comeback, with 12 minutes to go Matthew Davis forced his way over from dummy half, Sammut converting to put London within 10 points of the home-side.

Gareth O'Brien would cap the game off at 34-22 when given an opportunity to shoot for the sticks, London unfortunately leaving their points surge too late in the game and the damage was done.




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